How often do you think about why you are here… why humans are here on the most creative planet imaginable – capable of generating life… and transforming it? It doesn’t get much more meaningful than that, right?! One of the ways humans become ‘expressers’ of that creative energy, help reveal it, is through art. And we have discovered two things: a) That art transforms – literally changes us – and b) That, in turn, we – through art and creativity – can change life. [Read more…] about Why Art? What’s it got to do with you? (everything!)
Recently I gave a talk at Foundation for Mind-Being Research. It was called ‘Consciousness, from an Artist’s Perspective’. It feels important to share with you the aspect where I really dial in to what Artists actually do for our collective consciousness. Further down the article you will see the particular slides that relate to this subject. I start by sharing my own background and influences. I grew up in a family of engineers, sports, lots of reading, my dog William (!), TV (like so many others), healthy family meals, school and, perhaps most importantly, the influence of hours spent roaming in Epping Forest, Essex (‘Epping Forest’ song included below), and contemplating on the stony beach of Aldeburgh, Suffolk: Two landscapes, portals from the known to the unknown, that shaped my soul in the most precious of ways.
Please find below a slideshow highlighting the Artist’s perspective, with some individually commented on, below:
This opening song I did was improvised with hand drummer, Phil, at Stars and Stones, in Norfolk, UK – an annual event to share metaphysical findings and explorations – magic!
One day, I was sitting on a bench, in the garden of a house in LA, where I was pursuing my music career, writing a song on my guitar. My housemate walked past me on his way out and asked about the song and I said “I’m just noodling, writing a song, it has a lot of energy and it just came to me”. As he left he said “I hope it brings you all you want in life”. The song is about freedom, personal freedom. And, it turns out later, I wrote it on the day my divorce became final. I didn’t realize it, because it was a Sunday, and we had filed the papers six months earlier. Funny how life speaks to, and through, us, isn’t it?
(Song and image copyright Clare Hedin, produced by Jeff Crerie)
You know, if you just amble along, for long enough, sometimes you might come across a crazy piano, sitting on a bluff, waiting for someone to play it… 🙂